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Ivory and rhino horn retrieved from Chinese vessel. 

By Anna Marten 

While debating a resolution about protecting African Wildlife from illegal poaching and trafficking, news came to light that China has been transporting ivory and rhino horn.  

In 1993 trade of endangered animals was banned, however in October 2018 the Chinese government announced it would allow certain animal parts to be used.

“China has a huge role in poaching,” declared the delegate of China. “Personally, I believe that poaching should be legal to some extent. 

Ivory in China can be used for medicine, and in China ivory is believed to have medicinal benefits.”  

States in the environmental council such as Bangladesh are shocked and disappointed by the approach of China and feel that this is a very important issue and definitely should be discussed in the committee.